Crown Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia dies

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Prince Sultan, in 1990.
Image: US federal government.

Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, died in his eighties. He was King Abdullah's half brother and had been battling colon cancer since 2004.

He died in New York, where he had been getting treatment since 2009 for his terminal cancer.

He served as First Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia and was Minister of Defence and Aviation from 1963 to 2011. With his death, Prince Nayef, aged 78, is considered most likely to become the next in line to the throne.

He was also a strong supporter of the US after the events of 9/11.